Thomas J. Nelson, REALTOR ® e-Pro CRS RCS-D Vets, CEO of Vision Drive Realty - Coastal San Diego (Big Block Realty 858.232.8722)

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John Juarez
The Medford Real Estate Team - Fremont, CA

I know a local agent who puts up a sign rider that say "AREA EXPERT" on every listing he has. It is to laugh!

Jan 04, 2022 05:39 PM
Fred Griffin Florida Real Estate
Fred Griffin Real Estate - Tallahassee, FL
Licensed Florida Real Estate Broker

There are no experts.

Jan 04, 2022 05:36 PM
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Pasadena And Southern California 818.516.4393

Experts.  Celebrities.  People self-identify as a lot of things.  I pay little attention.  Meanwhile, stuff continues to happen.  Sometimes en masse.  

Jan 04, 2022 05:17 PM
Candice A. Donofrio
Next Wave RE Investments LLC Bullhead City AZ Commercial RE Broker - Fort Mohave, AZ
928-201-4BHC (4242) call/text

Expert: a person who has a comprehensive and authoritative knowledge of or skill in a particular area.

California is a big area. Arizona is a big area.

Be careful calling yourself an expert. If you mess up and someone relies on your expertise and is damaged, that's a problem.

Jan 04, 2022 04:52 PM
John Pusa
Glendale, CA

Hello Thomas J. Nelson, REALTOR ® e-Pro CRS RCS-D Vets perhaps in a small city a real estate agent can claim to be expert. It is imposable for any real estate agent to be expert in all California.

Jan 04, 2022 04:35 PM
Anna "Banana" Kruchten
HomeSmart Real Estate - Phoenix, AZ

Our previous RE Commissioner was very clear for years in her advice to agents - Do NOT work outside your area of expertise.

Jan 04, 2022 08:32 PM
Steven Nickens
Hawaii Life Real Estate Brokers - Wailea, HI
R(S)GRI ABR, Maui Real Estate Hawaii

I prefer hard working agent.

Jan 04, 2022 06:06 PM
Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, KW Diversified - Stevens Point, WI
Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671

Expert, a term that can mean many things to many people, and be difficult to prove.

Most people look at these claims as mere puffery.

Jan 04, 2022 10:48 PM
Alan May
Jameson Sotheby's International Realty - Evanston, IL
An offer you can't refuse!

Whatchoo talkin' 'bout Willis?!

Jan 04, 2022 04:27 PM
Roy Kelley
Retired - Gaithersburg, MD

I do not worry about these promotions by others.

Jan 05, 2022 05:52 AM
Brian England
Ambrose Realty Management LLC - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

People do so many things that are not right but nobody holds them accountable and it gains business for them so they continue to do it.  I feel that if people were actually held accountable for their actions then perhaps it would stop.  Too many damn rules in the world, so many that aren't enforced so most people just ignore the rules, it is very sad.

Jan 05, 2022 03:32 AM
Debe Maxwell, CRS
Savvy + Company (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC

I've lived in North Carolina my entire adult life. NC is 53,000 square miles. There is no way I could ever claim to be an expert throughout all 53,000 sq mi, Thomas!

Jan 04, 2022 09:42 PM
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy

Absolutely not!  Although I recently met someone who claimed to sell all OVER California, she had the rest covered too.  LOL A

Jan 04, 2022 09:01 PM
Tammy Lankford,
Lane Realty Eatonton, GA Lake Sinclair, Milledgeville, 706-485-9668 - Eatonton, GA
Broker GA Lake Sinclair/Eatonton/Milledgeville

I never market myself as the "expert", but I do market myself as "native" to Lake Sinclair.  I've lived here my entire life and have 7 generations buried in a local cemetery.  My family has worked and farmed in this area since the late 17th century.  I would venture to say I know a lot about a lot of local things, but I also still learn new things about this place and real estate almost every day.  Oh my my "I will work there territory" is about 1000 sq miles and I don't like all of that.

Jan 04, 2022 06:26 PM
Doug Dawes
Keller Williams Evolution - 447 Boston Street, Suite #5, Topsfield, MA - Topsfield, MA
Your Personal Realtor®

Anybody can claim to be anything they want, I guess. Whether they are or not will show up in the pudding, you know what I mean?

Jan 05, 2022 08:42 AM
Ray Henson
eXp Realty of California, Inc. (lic. #01878277) - Elk Grove, CA

I would say I specialize in an area.  That is about as far as I go.

Jan 05, 2022 06:45 AM
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Expert No! You can be knowledgeable about certain areas but not an expert. 

Jan 05, 2022 04:16 AM
Raymond E. Camp
Ontario, NY

You may be good at what you do, but just like the medical experts with Covid, watch what you say and do!

Jan 05, 2022 03:49 AM
Carol Williams
Although I'm retired, I love sharing my knowledge and learning from other real estate industry professionals. - Wenatchee, WA
Retired Agent / Broker / Prop. Mgr, Wenatchee, WA

I prefer the word "specialize", whether it be an area or niche.

Jan 05, 2022 07:19 AM
Jeff Pearl
RE/MAX Distinctive / LIC in VA - Lovettsville, VA
Full Service Full Time Realtor

Many agents paid for and took a CDPE course, then claimed to be a Certified Distress Property Expert, yet almost none of those agents had ever handled a short sale. I also see agents using "Neighborhood Expert" sign riders, yet they have never lived in, had a listing in, or represented a buyer in the neighborhood where they claim to be an expert in. I think it's a mistake to claim to be an expert.

Jan 05, 2022 07:18 AM
Kathleen Daniels, Probate & Trust Specialist
KD Realty - 408.972.1822 - San Jose, CA
Probate Real Estate Services

That is a slippery slope Thomas J. Nelson, REALTOR ® e-Pro CRS RCS-D Vets.

I have been beating that drum (buyer-beware) for many years. There are far too many self-professed "experts" and "gurus" coaches, trainers, the list goes on and on.  

Many of my clients refer to me as an expert in my niche - that is a moniker I choose not to wear. 

When I think of the term "expert" I think of expert witnesses called at a trial. Let's face it, even they are only expressing their professional opinion, and rarely do two experts express the same expert opinion. 

To answer your question, sounds more like an expert in self-puffery. 

Jan 05, 2022 08:57 AM
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

I think I have seen this person's blog on AR, and wondered how they could be an expert for such a expansive area.    Leaves yourself too open in my opinion.

Jan 05, 2022 06:49 AM
Richie Alan Naggar
people first...then business Ran Right Realty - Riverside, CA
agent & author

One can be an expert and that skill or learned activity transfers nicely in many categories. Things like negotiations, document prep, quick-close etc. As to areas, I have to agree with you. I am licensed to practice anywhere in California, but I don't know nooks & crannies, pockets etc. throughout the state

Jan 05, 2022 06:42 AM
Lyn Sims
Schaumburg, IL
Real Estate Broker Retired

yes but your example gives a good reason that you shouldn't say Southern California with 56,000 sq miles.

Total puffery but it is done all the time. I prefer to keep it down to a smaller area like one town.

Jan 05, 2022 06:11 AM
Jason E. Gordon
CMG Mortgage, San Diego, CA - San Diego, CA

Sadly, the Real Estate & Mortgage Industries are notorious for "clever" (in many cases "deceptive") claims disguised as marketing.   

For example, an historically low producing Real Estate Agent who has one big month (maybe the month they closed 2 deals when they helped their sister sell/buy). This Agent gets an award at their monthly staff meeting, then advertises as the "Top Salesperson" for the next 2 years despite not doing any other sales.

To be fair, let's beat up on Mortgage Professionals for a moment.  Sadly, there is no set bar on when a Loan Officer gets "promoted" to Senior Loan Officer. I've always thought it was hilarious when someone who has worked in the mortgage industry for less than 1 year is suddenly a "Senior" LO.

With all the above in mind, someone calling themselves a "geographical Expert" hardly surprises me. When we see a non-qualified over-optimistic colleague boast these credentials, it is just another reason for us to quietly roll our eyes, smirk, and move on with our lives. 

Jan 05, 2022 09:23 AM
Ryan Huggins - Thousand Oaks, CA - Thousand Oaks, CA
Residential Real Estate and Investment Properties

The legal definition of an expert, for expert witness purposes, is "One who has a greater knowledge on a topic than the common man."  For that, I would say "Yes, I am an expert."  An expert in my area, an expert in many fields.  I wouldn't say all of so-cal, but I would say Ventura and LA County from the 405 west and into Santa Clarita Valley.  I've been too long out of Palmdale and Lancaster to hang my expert hat there.

Jan 05, 2022 09:05 AM
Olga Simoncelli
Veritas Prime, LLC dba Veritas Prime Real Estate - New Fairfield, CT
CONSULTANT, Real Estate Services & Risk Management

The key word in that sentence is "claim" - anyone can claim anything, as we have seen in many different situations... the truth may be very different.

Jan 06, 2022 09:11 AM
Gary Frimann, CRS, GRI, SRES
Eagle Ridge Realty / Signature Homes & Estates - Gilroy, CA
REALTOR and Broker

I agree.  One can be an expert in certain classes of properties, communities or services (probate, estate sales, Special financing programs, etc.) but otherwise being an expert in areas of those sizes you mentioned is pure BS.

Jan 05, 2022 03:04 PM
Tony Lewis
Summit Real Estate Group - Valencia, CA
Summit Real Estate Group Valencia & Aliso Viejo

You can claim anything you want but that doesn't make it true.

Jan 05, 2022 10:27 AM
Wanda Kubat-Nerdin - Wanda Can!
Red Rock Real Estate (435) 632-9374 - St. George, UT
St. George Utah Area Residential Sales Agent

Not an expert, instead a real estate professional. Now, I am an expert on recognizing BS when I see it!

Jan 05, 2022 10:13 AM
Carla Freund
Keller Williams Preferred Realty - Raleigh, NC
NC Real Estate Transition & Relocation 919-602-848

We see crazy things all the time. I wouldn't want to be called on as an expert for the entire state. Who has time for that?

Jan 06, 2022 10:41 AM
Susan Emo
Sotheby's International Realty Canada - Brokerage - Kingston, ON
Kingston and the 1000 Islands Area

Luckily, in my province, no one in Real Estate is permitted to use the title of Expert.  It is a fineable offense. 

Jan 06, 2022 05:11 AM
Andrew Mooers | 207.532.6573
Northern Maine Real Estate-Aroostook County Broker

RTZ would have you believe those real estate giants know more about your state, communities, the local area listings, banking, any buyer / seller services. They  profess to be the local experts. And for a fee, you can be knighted local expert to piggy back on the smoke and mirrors. Have your work precede the applying the title of local expert and draw the line of how far out your local sphere of expertise really extends. The buyer or seller will decide if you truly are the local expert or not... not you Thomas J. Nelson, REALTOR ® e-Pro CRS RCS-D Vets .

Jan 06, 2022 04:39 AM
Chris Ann Cleland
Long and Foster Real Estate - Gainesville, VA
Associate Broker, Bristow, VA

I claim to be an expert in my neighborhood.  That is only because I serve on the board, know every street, every utility, all the things being built around us, etc.

Jan 05, 2022 02:42 PM